Monthly Archives: April 2018

Only ONE DAY LEFT! 

(PURCHASE YOUR TABLE or TICKETS HERE)

TomorrowTuesday, May 1, 2018 is the DEADLINE to purchase
tickets or table sponsorships

Florida Family Policy Council’s
Thirteenth Annual Dinner

Keynote Speaker & Forum Moderator – Frank Luntz

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum with

Congressman Ron DeSantis & Commissioner Adam Putnam

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 Saturday, May 5, 2018

Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL

VIP Reception 5:00pm (For VIP Ticket Holders and Table Sponsors)

Doors open to Dinner at 5:30pm 
Dinner Program and Candidate Forum at 6:00pm
Event Ends at 8:45pm

 Gourmet Food * Dynamic Videos * First GOP Candidate Forum
Surprise Guests * Motivational Speeches

(YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR TABLE or TICKETS HERE)

Special Guest Participants:

Rebecca Hagelin, Author
Pastor Demensio Barton
Senator Tom Lee
Representative Chris Sprowls
Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz
Former Congressman Bob McEwen
Pastor Darrell Morgan, Word of Life Church

What our guests and supporters have said about our previous Annual Dinners:

It was incredible…” -Christina from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Without a doubt, this is one of the best events I have ever attended.”
-Paula from Orlando, FL

The food was excellent and you could feel the motivation all over the room.”
-Marty from Sanford, FL

Congratulations on putting together an event that can only be described as a “home-run” for social conservatives…” -Roy in Oviedo, FL

Dozens of my friends who go to event dinners all the time commented that it was the best one they had ever attended.” -LeAnne from Orlando, FL

It was a wonderful time…” -Richard from Palm Beach, FL

Table and ticket sales close tomorrowMay 1, 2018 at midnight.  

PURCHASE YOUR TABLE or TICKETS HERE

CAN’T ATTEND?  If you can’t attend but would like to support our work, you can give your gift securely online HERE. 

HELP US PROMOTE THIS EVENT:  Please help us spread the word and promote this event by sharing this Facebook event page with your FB friends here:

HOTEL:  To make it a weekend or for an over-night stay at the beautiful Rosen Centre Hotel call 1-800-204-7234 and ask for the Florida Family Policy Council group rate.  Discounted rates start at only $109 per night.  (This discounted rate is now based upon availability.)

If you have any questions please feel free to call the Florida Family Policy Council office at 407-251-5130.

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There are 11 exciting events happening around the state! We hope you can attend one of them: 

  • Republicans For Life “Defending Life: Our Moment in History” Event (Vero Beach, Fri, April 27)
  • What if Genesis is Not History? What is Truth Event (Clearwater, Fri, April 27)
  • Wait No More Foster Care & Adoption Event (Orlando, Sat, April 28)
  • Transforming Florida Truth Project Reunion Training Event (The Villages, Sat, April 28)
  • City of Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (Apopka, Thurs, May 3)
  • Together for Florida, 13th Annual FFPC Policy Dinner & Gubernatorial Candidate Forum (Orlando, Sat May 5)
  • Meet the Florida Attorney General Candidates Debate (The Villages, Mon, May 7)
  • New Hearts Outreach 10th Annual Pastors & Counselors Luncheons (Tampa & Plant City, Thurs & Fri, May 10-11)
  • Florida Parent Educators Association Homeschooling Convention (Kissimmee, Thurs-Sat, May 24-26)
  • Southeast Regional Patriot Academy (Tallahassee, Mon-Wed, June 11-13)
  • National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME) Summit (Orlando, Sun-Tue, July 15-17)

Here are details about each of these great events:

 
Republicans for Life-Indian River CoRepublicans for Life-Vero Beach Event
FFPC President John Stemberger will be speaking at the Republicans for Life-Vero Beach chapter meeting onFriday, April 27 on the topic “Defending Life: Our Moment in History.” All are welcome to attend this free event.

Details: Friday, April 27 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Vero Beach Yacht Club, 3601 Rio Vista Boulevard, Vero Beach 32963

 

del tackettWhat if Genesis is Not History? What is Truth? Event 
Is truth knowable? Is truth relative? What is the source of truth? Is Genesis history? And does it matter? Join us for an exciting and challenging presentation by Dr. Del Tackett, author of The Truth Project and producer of the widely acclaimed documentary “Is Genesis History” thisFriday, April 27th at 7pm at the Calvary Church in Clearwater.

This free seminar is designed to challenge and equip parents and students, teachers and leaders, with a knowledge of the truth and how a Biblical worldview will prepare and strengthen you for your life’s journey. Register for this free event here.

Details: Friday, April 27 | 7pm-9pm EST
Calvary Church, 110 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33759

 

Wait No More 2018 Orlando EventWait No More (Adoption/Foster Care Event)

Understand God’s heart for the orphan and learn more about foster care and adoption with Focus on the Family’s “Wait No More” free seminar event onSaturday, April 28. This special event includes information from experts on how to get started on your foster care or adoption journey, breakout and question and answer sessions, an opportunity to meet with community leaders and adoption agencies, and a complimentary lunch. Whether you are looking to adopt or foster a child or want to support a family that does, this event is sure to be eye opening and inspiring.

Details: Saturday, April 28 | 10am-2pm EST
First Baptist Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805
The event is free, but prior registration is requested. Register here or email Helen Parks at helen.parks@fotf.org.
Childcare for children 6 years and younger will be provided.

 

Del TackettTransforming Florida Truth Project Reunion Training
Join us Saturday, April 28 as we celebrate Transforming Florida’s Truth Project Reunion. A morning training session will be held with Dr. Tackett (creator of The Truth Project) who will be introducing his new series “The Engagement.”

Registration has officially closed for this event. However, if you call today (Thurs, April 26) organizers are willing to accept a few more registrants for this training. Call (727) 242-0128 to register.

Details: Saturday, April 28 | 9:30am-12:30pm EST5-8pm EST
Hiers-Baxley Life Event Center, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL 32162

 

eventbritemayorsbreakfast.jpgCity of Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
Please join us for a time of prayer, food and fellowship at the Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 3. FFPC President John Stemberger will be the keynote speaker for this National Day of Prayer event. The event is sponsored by the Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance. The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is Unity. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Details:Thursday, May 3 | 7-8:30am EST (Doors open at 6:30am)
Apopka Community Center/VFW, 519 S. Central Avenue, Apopka, FL 32703

 
 
Dinner Graphic 2018Together for Florida, 13th Annual FFPC Policy Dinner & Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Have you purchased your tickets yet for the Conservative Dinner of the Year? There are just a few days left and tables and tickets are selling fast!

By combining our annual policy awards dinner program with Florida’s 1st GOP gubernatorial candidate forum, moderated by Frank Luntz (FOX News political analyst), this year’s dinner is designed to encourage and equip you for the critical primary election ahead – happening in just 4 months!

Both major GOP gubernatorial candidates, Congressman Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, have confirmed their participation in this event. (See eligibility criteria here) This special forum is a great opportunity for you to personally hear from both of these
candidates!

We hope you can join us and enjoy the evening! Please click here to purchase your table or tickets for the event and for lodging information.

Click here to watch FFPC President John Stemberger’s latest video message on why the 2018 election is so important to our state.

Details: Saturday, May 5 | 6pm-8:45pm EST
Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

 
 
 
meet attorney general candidatesVillagers for Trump: Meet the Attorney General Candidates (Debate)
Villagers for Trump will be hosting a debate for Florida’s GOP Attorney General candidates at their meeting onMonday, May 7 at 6:30pm. FFPC President John Stemberger will be moderating the debate. All interested voters are invited to attend to hear the candidates positions on important issues facing our state.

Details: Monday, May 7 | 6:30pm
Colony Cottage Recreation Center, 510 Colony Blvd, The Villages, FL 32162 (in The Parlor Room)

 
 
New Heart's OutreachNew Hearts Outreach 10th Annual Pastors & Counselors Luncheons
New Hearts Outreach will be hosting two special pastor and counselors luncheons in Plant City and Tampa on Thursday and Friday May 10-11. The luncheons are designed to educate and inform attendees about God’s Transformational Steps to Freedom from Same-Sex Attraction with a special focus on how to help parents deal with children struggling with this issue. Special speakers include Pastor George Carneal Sr. and his son George Carneal Jr., author of From Queer to Christ, who will share their personal story of God’s faithfulness to redeem George Jr.’s life from rebellion and brokeness. The event is free and open to all who are interested in attending. Please RSVP here by Monday, May 7th or call (813) 379-2971.

Details:Tampa Bay Luncheon: Thursday, May 10 from 11:30am-1:30pm EST (South Tampa Fellowship, 5101 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, 33611)

Plant City Luncheon: Friday, May 11 from 11:30am-1:30pm EST (First Baptist Church of Plant City, 3309 James L Redman Parkway, Plant City, 33566)

 

building for a tomorrow homeschoolFlorida Parent Educators Association Homeschool Convention
Join us for the 2018 FPEA Homeschool Convention in Kissimmee ThursdaySaturday May 24-26, for the largest homeschooling event in the country. This 3-day convention will host a variety of helpful and informative workshops and trainings, including a Town Hall on Thursday night featuring FFPC President John Stemberger speaking on how to prepare your children to thrive in a hostile world. For more information or to register for this event, click here. 

Details:ThursdaySaturday, May 24-26 | President Stemberger’s Town Hall remarks will be at 8pm EST Thursday May 24.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

 
 
patriot academy logoSoutheast Regional Patriot Academy
FFPC is proud to partner again with Patriot Academy to sponsor the 2018 Southeast Regional Patriot Academy in Tallahassee, June 11-13.

Patriot Academy is an intensive leadership boot camp for young people ages 16-25.  Students develop leadership strategies, life purpose plans, media relations, public speaking advanced communication skills, campaign techniques, and a founding fathers’ philosophy of government. PA is the premier leadership training in the nation, guiding young men and women to effectively lead the change in America!  For more information and to register click here or email us at info@FLfamily.org.

“Patriot Academy is fantastic for young men and women who want to lead their generation and the nation alike. Students are challenged to analyze legislation in light of the timeless principles that have made America exceptional. Patriot Academy exposes students to outstanding speakers who instill the highest standards of character and leadership while participating in one of the most realistic simulated legislative sessions in the nation. You don’t want to miss it!” – John Stemberger, President, Florida Family Policy Council

 
NARME Training ConferenceNational Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME) Summit
Please help us spread the word to pastors, lay couples, marriage ministry leaders, and marriage counselors about an upcoming summit in Orlando July 18-20!

The summit, sponsored by the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME), is designed specifically to equip marriage and family leaders with the latest research, strategies and training in the field to empower churches, therapists, and counselors to be even more effective in promoting healthy and God-honoring relationships.

Tickets are available for the full 3-day summit July 18-20, pre-summit certifications/trainings July 15-17, or both. Continuing education credit is also available.

For more information, a list of workshops topics or to register, please click here or email info@narme.org. Early bird registration is available until Friday, May 11.

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Only one week left!  Have you purchased your table or tickets yet?

With only one week left until ticket sales close, tables and tickets are selling fast!

WHAT:  The Conservative Dinner of the Year as the Florida Family Policy Council combines their 13th Annual Dinner with Florida’s first GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum moderated by Frank Luntz, FOX News political analyst.

PURCHASE YOUR TABLE or TICKETS HERE

WHEN:  Saturday evening, May 5, 2018, 6:00-8:45pm.

WHERE:  Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL  32819.
WHY:  Because YOUR vote counts and seeing the leading GOP candidates being interviewed LIVE for the highest office in our state, is the best way for you to get to know the candidates and where they stand on the issues.

CAN’T ATTEND?  If you can’t attend but would like to support our work, you can give your gift securely online HERE. 

PURCHASE YOUR TABLE or TICKETS HERE

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GOP Candidates confirmed to attend and participate include Congressman Ron DeSantis & Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.  

HELP US PROMOTE THIS EVENT:  Please help us spread the word and promote this event by sharing this Facebook event page with your friends here.

HOTEL:  To make it a weekend or for an over-night stay at the beautiful Rosen Centre Hotel call 1-800-204-7234 and ask for the Florida Family Policy Council group rate.  Discounted rates start at only $109 per night. (This discounted rate is guaranteed through tomorrowApril 25th at midnight.  After that date, the rate may be honored based upon availability.)

PURCHASE YOUR TABLE or TICKETS HERE

If you have any questions please feel free to call the Florida Family Policy Council office at 407-251-5130.

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Please take a moment to hear from me about why I think this year is so important to Florida’s future!

John Stemberger video clip

(Click the image above to watch)

PURCHASE YOUR TABLES OR TICKETS HERE

By combining our usual dinner program with Florida’s 1st GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, moderated by Frank Luntz (FOX News political analyst), this year’s dinner is designed to encourage and equip you for the critical primary election ahead – happening in just 4 months!  

Both major GOP gubernatorial candidates, Congressman Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, have confirmed their participation in this event. This special forum is a great opportunity for you to personally hear from both of these candidates!  

Our annual dinner is also Florida Family Policy Council’s most significant fundraiser of the year, and we are praying you can support our efforts in some way.  

We hope you can join us and enjoy the evening! The Rosen Centre Hotel has discounted room rates for those attending the dinner, starting at $109 per night. Please plan to stay overnight or make a fun family weekend out of it! Call 1-800-204-7234 and ask for the Florida Family Policy Council Group Rate. (This discounted price is only guaranteed for reservations made before April 25th, 2018)

If your schedule prevents you from joining us, would you please consider sponsoring a table for us to fill it with youth or pastors? Or, would you please consider giving a gift toward the dinner? 

You can see details and purchase your table or tickets HERE.

If you are unable to attend, you can give your gift to support our work HERE. 

Please help us promote this special event by sharing our Facebook event and inviting your friends. 

If you have any questions please feel free to call our office at 407-251-5130.

Sincerely,

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John Stemberger
FFPC President & General Counsel

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Attention 16 to 25-Year-Old Students:

Patriot Academy is Coming to Florida!
June 11-13, 2018 ~ Florida Capitol ~ Tallahassee
 
**Register today for this exciting, dynamic program!
We guarantee that you don’t want to miss out!**

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Patriot Academy is an intensive leadership boot camp for young adults. If you are between the ages of 16 and 25, YOU have the opportunity to participate in this amazing program which features training in communications, worldview, debate, leadership, politics, law and history. For three days you will live and work in the Florida Capitol. You will argue your ideas on how to make the world a better place. You will sit where the actual legislators sit, debate where they debate, and see your name on the board when you vote on the issues. You will attend training classes and be personally coached and equipped to confidently stand for truth and articulate your faith and values.

This training will serve you on your college campus, in the marketplace, as an active citizen and eventually as a leader in your community. Whether you decide to pursue public office or not, this training is invaluable to teaching confidence and helping you find your purpose in the world. Click here for more information and to register.

Patriot Academy Video - "I Have A Destiny"  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hear what some Patriot Academy grads from Florida have to say!


Patriot Academy Grad Brittney DeOliveira with Rick Green“Patriot Academy impacted me far beyond my expectations. I have engaged, experienced, and most importantly, applied all I was taught during the intensive week in the actual House chamber. Through wise national speakers, PA ingrained in us the importance of character. The friendships built there with outstanding young adults are ones I continue to cherish even today.”

Brittney DeOliveira, Patriot Academy Alumni from Florida

Here are a few pictures from last year’s event:

Patriot Academy 2017 Group Patriot Academy 2017

More Testimonials:

Patriot Academy testimony - Benjamin Sanders

NOTE: Special full scholarships are available to this program for students whose parents who either are serving or have served in any branch of the military, law enforcement, or as a first responder (fire, rescue, EMT etc.) For more information on this scholarship email us at info@FLfamily.org.

Donate now to help sponsor a scholarship for a student to attend Patriot Academy and equip them to face a hostile world by giving a gift HERE.

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15 Victories!  

I’m thrilled to report to you that as a result of your support, a lot of hard work and by God’s favor, we achieved 15 VICTORIES during this legislative session, either by PASSING good legislation or by DEFEATING bad proposed legislation. 

Frankly, surviving the intense 60-day Florida Legislative Session is no small accomplishment – for all of the legislators in the House and Senate, for their staffs – or for us!  While many states have legislative sessions that go on throughout the year at a more normal pace, Florida’s is compressed, intense, and complex.

Engaging in the legislative process is expensive and labor intensive, but there is no other way to get the kind of moment by moment coverage where you can really make a difference in the outcome.

While legislative session is only 60 days long, please understand, the results of these victories took literally many months and years of preparation to achieve.

That is one reason why your consistent faithful support of this work is so important.

 Would you consider investing in our work today?

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Legislative session is over, but our work is not.  Here is why:

For us, here at your Florida Family Policy Council, there are 4 phases of time and activity which affect every piece of legislation. 

The first part of a legislative victory is working to identify and then elect the right people to office (House, Senate and Governor) who will vote the right way on these bills – this happens from 1-7 years before any bill is voted on or passed, with elections every 2 years.

The second part of a legislative victory is establishing respectful relationships with legislators and staff in their districts before a legislative session, so that they are familiar with us and we know where they stand on certain issues.  This happens in between legislative sessions throughout the year, visiting many members in their own districts.

The third part of a legislative victory is communicating with legislators and their staff during session, why bills are good or bad, and the potential positive or negative effects of the bill.

The fourth part of a legislative victory is holding legislators accountable for their actions and their votes after the session.  We gratefully acknowledge the legislators who have taken stands for life, marriage, family and religious liberty…. and we reveal to voters those elected officials who have worked against these timeless values.  We make this information available with a Legislative Scorecard prior to elections.

You can see that while an official Legislative Session is short and intense – only 60 days – these victories were not easy.  They were not quick. 

They required our faithfulness and were the results of years of effort and prayer. 

Would you please consider making an investment in this ongoing work today? 

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You can see that we continue to make progress and achieve victories, but they don’t happen by chance.  Together we pray, we work, you contribute, and the results are God’s.

To see our Victory Report please click HERE.

We have so much going on right now!

We are wrapping up the Legislative Session, beginning to focus on our youth worldview training programs coming up in early summer, and elections for the Florida House, Senate, and Governor take place in August and November.

We are also getting ready for our 13th Annual Dinner which will take place onSaturday evening, May 5th in Orlando, FL.  Our special guest, Frank Luntz, nationally respected news commentator, political analyst and pollster, will be moderating Florida’s First GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum live as part of our dinner program!

As the highest ranking elected official in our state, Florida’s next Governor will serve at a critical time in history and all of the values we hold dear are on the line.  I hope you will be able to join us for this important and insightful evening and get to know these candidates.

To purchase tickets or see more information about the dinner visit our website HERE. 

Finally, my work on the historic 20-year Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is coming to a close in the next month.  The hundreds of hours I spent traveling, researching, sitting in meetings, committee meetings and public hearings has been exhausting but rewarding.  It was a privilege to serve, and I was grateful to be able to meet with so many of you who came out to the public hearings all around the state.

Everything we do is because we have a vision for America, “Where God is Honored, Life is Cherished, Families Thrive and Religious Liberty Flourishes.” 

We work toward realizing this vision and making it a reality victory by victory, election by election, bill by bill… as we pursue our Mission: “To Protect and Defend Life, Marriage, Family and Liberty Through Education, Advocacy and Empowerment.”

Your gifts in the past have helped to make these 15 victories possible. 

Together, let’s see what God has in store for us the rest of this year!  
 
Sincerely,


John Stemberger
President and General Counsel

 
PS: Your gifts now help us wrap up the legislative session; organize the Annual Dinner and Gubernatorial Candidate Forum May 5th; get ready for the youth worldview training programs like Patriot Academy, Teen Pact, and Summit in summer; and prepare Voter Guides for the upcoming elections! Thank you for your prayers and support!

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(ORLANDO, FL) The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) announced it will be hosting the first major Republican gubernatorial candidate forum on Saturday evening, May 5, 2018, during its 13th Annual Policy Awards Dinner at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The forum will be moderated by Fox News political analyst Frank Luntz and the theme of the event will be “Together for Florida.” 

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John Stemberger, President of the Florida Family Policy Council who is sponsoring the event, made the following statement:

“We are very pleased to make this announcement and to have Frank Luntz moderate the forum.  Frank’s experience in interviewing presidential candidates makes him the perfect person for this event. His skill in drawing out candidates and helping voters understand what’s important and what values they hold is unparalleled. Republicans have a very strong and impressive bench of candidates in the race for Florida’s next governor, which makes choosing the best candidate even more challenging. This forum will help educate primary voters to crystallize this important decision.”

The officially announced candidates for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis, have confirmed for this event and have agreed to participate in the forum. All other major GOP candidates who join the race will be immediately extended an invitation to participate.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

For more information contact:
Shirley Warren at 407-251-5130
or Info@FLfamily.org

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Please help us spread the word to pastors, lay couples, marriage ministry leaders, and marriage counselors about an upcoming summit in Orlando July 18-20!

The summit, sponsored by the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME), is designed specifically to equip marriage and family leaders with the latest research, strategies and training in the field to empower churches, therapists, and counselors to be even more effective in promoting healthy and God-honoring relationships.

NARME Training Conference

Some of the confirmed Plenary speakers include:

  • Glenn Stanton – Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, Research Fellow at the Institute of Marriage and Family
  • John Van Epp, Ph.D – President and Founder, Love Thinks, Author of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk
  • Warren Ferrell – Chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys to Men, co-author of Boys to Men with John Gray (Mars/Venus)
  • Joneen Mackenzie – Founder, Center for Relationship Education, Denver CO
  • Troy Kemp – Executive Director, National Center for the Development of Boys
  • Melanie Hempe – Founder and President, Families Managing Media
  • Dennis Stoica – Board Chair Live the Life, Co-Founder of Healthy Relationships California
  • Rick Marks, Ph.D – Vice President for Marriage Education at Live the Life

Tickets are available for the full 3-day summit July 18-20, pre-summit certifications/trainings July 15-17, or both. Continuing education credit is also available.

For more information, a list of workshops topics or to register, please click here or email info@narme.org. Early bird registration is available until Friday, May 11.